Aquilegia species and hybrids
ALPINE Columbine Aquilegia alpina
Alpine columbines carry flowers of bright, solid blue, or blue with a white petal tube. Plants grow to 1.5 feet tall in the North, to 3 feet tall in the South. One of the finest columbine species for North American gardens. Winter hardy to zone 3.
SWAN PINK YELLOW Columbine Aquilegia x hybrida
Heavy-flowering, mounding, multi-stemmed, upright-growing plants. Spurred spring flowers are larger, longer lasting than blooms of other columbines. Outer flower petals are soft coral pink, shading to cream at the tips. Corollas are pastel yellow. Swan Pink Yellow columbine is an outstanding garden performer. Plants grow to 2 feet tall, are winter hardy to zone 3.
RED HOBBIT Columbine Aquilegia x caerulea
Also known as Danish Dwarf, Red Hobbit columbine features showy, graceful, fiery-red, semi-pendant flowers with white corollas. Growth is compact, to 18-inches tall. Red Hobbit is a stable hybrid; plants will self sow true to type, when isolated from other columbines. Bloom is late spring to midsummer in mild climates, earlier in warmer areas. Winter hardy to zone 3. Red Hobbit columbine grows nicely with Strawberry foxglove, lady's mantle, and Colorado Mix yarrow.
BIEDERMEIER MIX Columbine
Biedermeier Mix is a dwarf, hybrid columbine. Spurred, double and single, star-shaped, upward-facing blooms appear in late spring and early summer. Colors include bright shades of violet, cream, lilac, pink, and deep red. Plants grow 12-18 inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 2.
BARLOW SERIES Columbine Seeds Aquilegia vulgaris plena
BLUE BARLOW Columbine
Fully double, spurless, violet-blue blooms are superb cut flowers. Blue Barlow columbine grows to 32 inches tall. Plants are winter hardy to zone 3.
BLACK BARLOW Columbine
Black Barlow columbine produces fully double, spurless, deep purple-black blooms. They are excellent for cutting. Plants grow to 32 inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
BORDEAUX BARLOW Columbine
Bordeaux Barlow columbine produces fully double, spurless, deep-burgundy flowers; they are superb for cutting. Plants grow to 32 inches tall, are winter hardy to zone 3.
NORA BARLOW MIX Columbine
The fully-double blooms of Nora Barlow Mix columbine look like small dahlias. They make superb cut flowers. Colors include shades of blue, pink, rose, red, violet, and white. Nora Barlow was the granddaughter of Charles Darwin. Plants grow 24-30 inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
BLUE STAR Columbine Aquilegia x caerulea
Blue Star columbine features beautiful, 4-inch, spring flowers. The long-spurred blooms are blue with white corollas. Hummingbirds love them. Plants are early blooming, free flowering, well branched, relatively heat tolerant, and grow up to 2.5 feet tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
CAMEO MIX Columbine
Cameo Mix columbine is a formulated mix of elegant, blue, pink, rose, pure white, and soft-pink flowers. This unique, dwarf columbine grows 4-8 inches tall, and 12 inches wide. Plants are covered in large, 1.5-inch blooms in May and June. Plant Cameo Mix columbine in patio containers, rock gardens, or woodland settings. Winter hardy to zone 3.
CLEMENTINE SERIES Columbine Seeds Aquilegia flabellata
CLEMENTINE DARK PURPLE Columbine
Deep purple flowers resemble a double clematis. Blooms are superb for cutting. Plants are winter hardy to zone 4. Clementine Dark Purple columbine is a Fleuroselect Approved Novelty.
CLEMENTINE BLUE Columbine
Blazing-blue, double flowers are excellent for cutting. Clementine Blue columbine is winter hardy to zone 4.
CLEMENTINE RED Columbine
Bright-red butterfly magnets. Winter hardy to zone 4.
CLEMENTINE FORMULA MIX Columbine
Clementine Formula Mix columbine includes flowers in a variety of spectacular colors including blue, dark purple, red, rose, and white. Plants are winter hardy to zone 4.
CLEMENTINE SALMON ROSE Columbine
Blooms are a clear, salmon-rose color, a shade easy to blend with other colors. Clementine Salmon Rose columbine is a superb cut flower. Winter hardy to zone 4. A Fleuroselect Approved Novelty.
CLEMENTINE WHITE Columbine
Impressive, pristine-white flowers are excellent for cutting. Handsome, heavy-blooming plants are a fabulous choice for borders or containers. Clementine White columbine is winter hardy to zone 4.
CRYSTAL Columbine Aquilegia x caerulea
Crystal columbine produces lovely, white flowers with long spurs. The 24-30 inch tall plants bloom early and freely, are well branched, and demonstrate relatively good resistance to heat. Winter hardy to zone 3.
DRAGONFLY HYBRIDS Dwarf Columbine Aquilegia x hybrida
Dragonfly Hybrids dwarf columbine is a collection of gorgeous, long-spurred flowers. They are held on compact, 16-inch tall plants. Includes 5 colors plus additional bicolors. Plants prefer filtered shade, will tolerate sun in cool summer areas. Winter hardy to zone 3.
DWARF WHITE Columbine Aquilegia flabellata 'nana alba'
Waxy, nodding, pure-white flowers. Dwarf White columbine forms attractive, compact, 8-inch tall plants. Leaves are thicker and bluer than other columbines. A particularly good columbine to place at the front of shaded borders, it also looks and grows great in containers. Winter hardy to zone 3.
MAGPIE Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris
The 1.5-inch blooms of Magpie columbine are a deep purple, nearly black shade. Each flower has a contrasting white corolla. Foliage is deep green. Plants grow to 24-inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
MCKANNA'S GIANT Columbine Aquilegia x caerulea
McKanna's Giant columbine carries large, long-spurred, 2-4 inch flowers. Late-spring and early-summer blooms appear in a wide range of colors including yellow, peach, purple, crimson, scarlet, white, blue, and pink. They make excellent cut flowers. Plants grow 2-3 feet tall, are winter hardy to zone 3.
ORIGAMI HYBRID SERIES Columbine Seeds Aquilegia x hybrida
Enormous, 2-3 inch flowers cover compact, 16-20 inch tall plants. Season of bloom is much longer than most columbines. We recommend using Origami Hybrid columbines in mass plantings, mixed borders, or containers. Plants will bloom the first year when started early. Winter hardy to zone 3. Origami Hybrid combine grows beautifully with lady's mantle.
ORIGAMI BLUE AND WHITE Columbine
Large, gorgeous, 2-3 inch, blue and white flowers. Plants grow 16-20 inches tall, are winter hardy to zone 3.
ORIGAMI RED AND WHITE Columbine Aquilegia x hybrida
Gorgeous, 2-3 inch, red and white flowers. The 16-20 inch tall plants are winter hardy to zone 3.
ORIGAMI ROSE AND WHITE Aquilegia x hybrida
Extra-large, 2-3 inch flowers with rose petals and white corollas. Plants grow 16-20 inches tall, are winter hardy to zone 3.
ORIGAMI WHITE Columbine
Extra-large, 2-3 inch, pure-white flowers top 16-20 inch tall plants. Winter hardy to zone 3.
ORIGAMI YELLOW Columbine
Huge, 2-3 inch yellow, star-shaped flowers on 16-20 inch tall plants. Winter hardy to zone 3.
ORIGAMI MIX Columbine
A formulated mix of huge, 2-3 inch, blue, red, rose, pink, white, and yellow flowers. Origami Mix columbine grows 16-20 inches tall, blooms much longer than most columbines. Winter hardy to zone 3.
CRIMSON STAR Columbine Aquilegia x caerulea
Crimson Star columbine features stunning, 4-inch, long-spurred, crimson-red, spring flowers with white corollas. Hummingbirds love them. The 30-inch tall plants are early blooming, free flowering, well branched, and relatively heat tolerant. Winter hardy to zone 3.
SONGBIRD NIGHTINGALE Columbine Aquilegia x hybrida
Extremely-large, 3-inch, long-spurred, lavender and white blooms in May and June. Plants are winter hardy to zone 3.
SPRING MAGIC SERIES Columbine Seeds Aquilegia x hybrida
Spring Magic columbines are prolific producers of exceptionally colorful, 2-inch flowers. Blooms appear in mid to late spring on compact, 14-inch tall plants. Winter hardy to zone 3.
SPRING MAGIC MIX Columbine
A blend of Spring Magic colors including blue, navy, pink, rose, ivory and white, 2-inch flowers. Grows to 14-inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
SPRING MAGIC NAVY AND WHITE Columbine
Deep, grayish purple-blue, 2-inch flowers with white corollas. The 14-inch tall plants are winter hardy to zone 3.
YELLOW STAR Columbine Aquilegia x caerulea
Bright yellow, long spurred, 3-4 inch flowers on 30-inch tall plants. Yellow Star columbine is early blooming, free flowering, well branched, and relatively heat tolerant. Winter hardy to zone 3.
ROSE QUEEN Columbine Aquilegia x caerulea
Gorgeous, long-spurred, 3-4 inch, rose-pink flowers with white corollas. Rose Queen columbine is free flowering, early blooming, well branched, and relatively heat tolerant. Plants grow to 2.5 feet tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.
How to Plant Columbine Seeds
Sow columbine seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil, do not cover. Need light to germinate. Kept at 65-70° F., germination is in 21-28 days. Can direct sow columbine seeds into prepared seed beds in groups of 3 to 4 seeds, spaced 6-18 inches apart. Thin seedlings to the strongest plant.
Growing columbine: Full sun in mild climates, part to light shade where it is warm. Columbines will tolerate moderate water, performance better when soil kept moist. Cut back old stems for repeat bloom. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.